The Chicago Bulls are one of the most important teams in the NBA, a title they earned after featuring some of the best players in the history of the game, including the widely regarded as the greatest of all time.
Although their recent history hasn’t been as good as it used to be during the 90s, Chicago has still counted with very good players who have taken the team to compete for important things.
Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the best players the franchise has had in NBA 2K. With such a rich history, it’s not a surprise that the Bulls have counted with some great players over the years, and in 2K games, as well.
Here are the 10 highest-rated Chicago Bulls players in 2K games.
10. Luol Deng – 87
Luol Deng once knew how to create a kind of big three with the Bulls alongside Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, taking the Windy City to have marvelous seasons. But, after D-Rose went down with an injury, things just got worse for the team, with a helpless Deng trying to do more than he could. For all the good things he showed to the team, he earned his spot on this list.
9. Joakim Noah – 87
Joakim Noah was another part of that big three the Chicago Bulls had at the beginning of the decade. The big man landed in Chicago in 2007 as the seventh overall pick in that year’s draft, getting better and better every season. With Chicago, Noah went to win several honors, becoming a 2x NBA All-Star, earning Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014, among others. The New York native was great with the Bulls, so it’s not a shock if we find him in this spot.
8. Bob Love – 88
Small forward Bob Love saw how his career changed once he joined the Chicago Bulls. Before that, he spent three years between the Trenton Colonials, Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. Yet, back in 1968, when he joined the Bulls, things got a lot better for him. He became a 3x NBA All-Star, was selected twice to All-NBA Second Team, among other honors, getting his number 10 retired by the Bulls once he retired from the game.
7. Jerry Sloan – 89
Jerry Sloan shared touches with Bob Love, having a career as good or better than Love’s. Sloan joined the Bulls in 1966 after having spent one season with the Baltimore Bullets. Ever since that, Sloan’s career went up. He was a two-time NBA All-Star, was selected four times to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, getting his number 4 retired by Chicago at the end of his career.
6. Jimmy Butler – 91
Jimmy Butler entered the league one year before Derrick Rose suffered his career-changing injury, which makes you wonder what would have happened if these two share touches playing at their best level. Well, even though Rose couldn’t get things back on track, Butler became the principal figure of the team throughout the six years he spent there. He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2017, leaving the Bulls as one of the best players in their history.
5. Dennis Rodman – 93
Dennis Rodman is one of the most controversial players in the history of the game, but also one of the hardest-workers and passionate ballers you could ever watch. Rodman joined the Bulls from the San Antonio Spurs in 1995, having already won two titles with the Detroit Pistons. He helped Chicago to three-peat once again, teaming up with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. You can criticize his antics off the court, but nobody can tell he wasn’t great for the Bulls.
4. Artis Gilmore – 93
Following the ABA-NBA merger, Artis Gilmore was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the special 1976 ABA dispersal draft. Following that, he was nothing but great for the Bulls, earning a lot of awards throughout his time in the Windy City. He earned five NBA All-Star appearances with the Bulls and was selected for the NBA All-Defensive Second Team among several other awards. This big man made sure to leave his mark on this franchise.
3. Derrick Rose – 95
With all the good things Derrick Rose displayed before getting injured back in 2012, everybody expected him to be the next big thing in basketball and it’s fair to say he was getting close to it. He became the youngest NBA Most Valuable Player in 2011, joining Michael Jordan as the only players to receive the award in Chicago Bulls history. Hadn’t he tore his ACL, we don’t know how good Rose’s career would have been. Still, his 8-year tenure in the United Center served Rose to rank third in this top.
2. Scottie Pippen – 96
Even though Rose was great during his stint with the Bulls, there is no doubt that there are two players who were even greater than him for Chicago. Here we have the first one, Scottie Pippen, one of the best two-way players in history. The small forward won six titles with the team, attended 7 All-Star games and was named three times to the All-NBA First Team. Scottie created a great duo with Michael Jordan, earning the second spot on this list.
1. Michael Jordan – 99
This is anything but a surprise. Michael Jordan is not only the best player in Chicago Bulls history but in the history of the game as well. MJ is considered the GOAT after the good things he did with the Bulls. He won six championships, shooting some clutch shots that increased his legend, six Finals MVPs, was called to the All-Star game a total 14 times, and more.
There is no doubt that this guy was not from this world, which is why the people in 2K gave him a 99 overall rating in All-Time Chicago Bulls roster.